Central River Region
Foni Kansala District
The Gambia, West Africa
Tel no: +220 4489085
The Sulayman Junkung General Hospital (SJGH) was built
in 2003 and is operated by the Gambian Government Ministry
It is one of only a handful hospitals serving the Gambia.
Built in 2003 by the Gambian government, it serves the
local and surrounding population of 100,000. It treats
approximately 16,000 patients annually. It is operated
and funded by the Gambian government ministry of health.
The 2 room accident and emergency department (ďA &
EĒ) is open twenty four hours a day, seven days a week
and includes a twenty three hour 4 bed observation unit.
It is staffed by nurses and foreign service physicians
There is an out patient pharmacy and a lab. Studies
available are very limited. A dental and ophthalmology
clinic are open Monday through Friday and are staffed
by trained nurses. The in-patient wards include, medical,
surgical, maternity, TB and paediatric. They have one
operating theater. There are no radiology facilities.
Sterilization of instruments is achieved via a very
old small autoclave however, recently a new one has
been donated and will be connected soon.
There is a conference room for meetings and lectures
and an LCD projector is available. A small medical library
has been established with six new computers, one with
dial up internet access (unreliable at times) for those
who open their own personal account.
Medical trekking teams travel to remote villages to
provide onsite healthcare (mostly womenís health and
well baby exams) to patients who live too far to travel
to SJGH. An ambulance (more like an SUV) is used to
transport patients to Royal Victoria Teaching Hospital
(RVH) in Banjul if needed. RVH offers more advanced
diagnostic and operative services.
The major diseases treated are Malaria, TB, HIV/AIDS,
Pneumonia, Hypertension, CHF. Also inguinal hernia,
burns, fractures and skin infections. Maternal health
is also a large part of the care delivered at SJGH.
Most commonly however are basic everyday viral illnesses
are treated in the outpatient departments that are seen
here in PCP offices.
Through the tireless efforts of the non-profit organization
Power Up Gambia, six new multi-panel tracking solar
systems were donated which will provides SJGH with almost
continuous electricity! There is a a diesel generator
that serves as a back up and supports larger equipment
such as new laundry machines that were recently donated
but are yet to be used due to lack of adequate water
supply. In January of 2008 twelve solar panels were
installed and a new well pump. The new solar powered
water pump does pump adequate water supply for 24 hours
but sadly they donít have enough storage tanks so thereís
only enough water to last approximately eight hours